The Miami Marlins' second game against the Arizona Diamondbacks features two pitchers at opposite ends of the spectrum. With a 1.78 ERA and 78 strikeouts over his last eight outings, all wins, Jose Fernandez is one of the hottest pitchers in the Major Leagues. He is currently tied with Marlins left-hander Chris Hammond for most consecutive wins, but can break this franchise record with a win tonight at Chase Field.
At the other end of the spectrum is Zack Godley, recently recalled from Triple-A Reno. He will make his first Major League start of the season tonight for the Diamondbacks, having never let his ERA slip above 3.83 during stints with Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.
|Team||Starter||ERA||FIP||2016 ZIPS Projected ERA|
|MIAMI MARLINS||ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS|
|Derek Dietrich - 2B||Jean Segura - 2B|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||David Peralta - RF|
|Giancarlo Stanton - RF||Rickie Weeks - LF|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Chris Herrmann - C|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Zack Godley - RHP|
|Jose Fernandez - RHP||Michael Bourn - CF|
Despite continuing to struggle, Giancarlo Stanton is still in there at the five spot. Listing his batting average here is not necessary.
What to Watch For:
Although Ichiro Suzuki is not starting, and Don Mattingly has expressed interest in giving him some breaks, don't be surprised if he still sees a couple at-bats. Batting .330, he needs only 27 hits to reach 3,000.
Bold Prediction: Jose wins his ninth straight game, Fish top Diamondbacks 5-1.